Since his virtuoso 32-point performance in Game 1, Victor Oladipo has struggled shooting from the perimeter which has played a role in slowing down the Pacers offense. His 17 points on 20 shots in Game 4 kept things trending in the wrong direction as the Cavs evened up the series, 2-2.
Oladipo’s college coach, Tom Crean may now be at Georgia but he’s always watching his former IU player and knows what ails Vic’s shooting stroke. Crean has played a role in past Pacers playoffs series to the team’s detriment, but this time around he is ready and willing to help Oladipo and the Pacers.
Earlier this week, Crean joined The Dan Dakich Show and discussed what he’s seeing from Oladipo. Earlier in the show, Dakich pointed out the same issues Crean raised. Check out the interview here for the details suggested which included squaring his shoulders and stepping into his shot going forward instead of fading away. Here’s the discussion from the show (around 5:00 min mark):
So a couple of off days allowed Crean and Vic to have a shooting skull session which can’t be a bad thing for the Pacers. Let’s hope Crean’s impact on Oladipo is similar to the impact he had on Dwyane Wade in the 2012 playoffs when Wade made a trek down to Bloomington after making just two of 13 shots for 5 points in Game 3. The Pacers led the series 2-1, but in Game 4, Wade dropped 30 on the Pacers to go along with LeBron’s 40 and the Heat ripped off three wins in a row to end the Pacers’ season.